Irina Palm Review, by Ken Fox of TV Guide

How far would you go to save the life of someone you love? Marianne Faithfull stars as an aging English widow who proves her dedication by going above and beyond the call of grandmotherly duty in this offbeat take on a familiar theme.

Quiet, unassuming Northampton grandmother Maggie (Faithfull) has done just about all she can for her grandson, Olly (Corey Burke), who's dying of some unspecified illness in a London hospital. She's emptied her bank account and even sold her home in Yardley Hastings, but it's still not enough to cover Olly's ongoing treatment, and without income or collateral no bank will float her a loan. As Olly's condition becomes critical, the doctor tells his parents -- Maggie's son, Tom (Kevin Bishop), and his wife, Sarah (Siobhan Hewlett), a cold-fish who resents Maggie -- about a new treatment that could save the child's life. But it would have to be done at a hospital in Melbourne, and while the procedure would be pro bono, they'd have to cover the considerable travel costs themselves. Tom and Sarah are flat broke, so Maggie sees no option but to look for work. She quickly discovers that there's little demand for women of a certain age with no real work experience.

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